Politics + Government
Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, (D-N.Y.), appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]
Wolfson, Lombardo panned for ‘generic responses’ at NAACP forum
Toward the end of an NAACP Las Vegas panel on race and the justice system, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo were asked by an audience member how their respective offices identify and address racial disparities in arrests and convictions. Earlier in Saturday’s forum, which was […]
Manchin will vote for Stone-Manning, hearing scheduled Thursday
The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, with Chairman Joe Manchin planning to vote to approve her — a major step forward for her confirmation after weeks of aggressive Republican opposition. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, […]
Rehab with lucrative county contract failed state infection control inspection
Clark County paid $1,875 a day per bed to CrossRoads of Southern Nevada to house mostly homeless individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the substance abuse treatment and transitional housing facility “failed to ensure safe infection control practices were implemented for the protection of the residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” […]
Are Democrats finally ready to step out of the past?
The coolest thing today’s Democrats have done so far. Families in Nevada and the nation started reaping the benefits of the expanded child tax credit this week, as deposits began hitting the bank accounts of families Thursday. Many people, including Republicans, are fond of noting that not a single Republican in Congress voted for it. […]
Lawmakers named to ‘innovation zones’ study committee
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced appointments for a joint special committee meant to analyze and review the concept of allowing private companies to effectively establish their own government in undeveloped areas of Nevada. In May, the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 to create a committee meant to examine the “innovation […]
FBI reviewing ‘copious amounts’ of info on Fiore provided by opponent
FBI agents are already combing through correspondence provided by Las Vegas City Council candidate Sarah Ashton-Cirillo regarding her opponent, Councilwoman Michele Fiore, according to Ashton-Cirillo, who says she’s had “multiple contacts, over the course of several days” with the FBI. Ashton-Cirillo says her interview with agents scheduled for Thursday was postponed to allow her campaign’s […]
Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level
WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […]
Does McConnell’s salvo mean BLM director nomination is moving forward?
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday joined the ranks of GOP senators opposing the confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning, the president’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, possibly signaling the confirmation could soon move beyond the Energy Committee. The strongly critical statement from McConnell, of Kentucky, was not a surprise, but the […]
Anti-poverty advocates urge Biden to take filibuster fight to AZ, WV
WASHINGTON—The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the People Act,” an […]
Rupert Murdoch is launching Fox Weather. What could possibly go wrong?
This is for real: Rupert Murdoch will soon launch a new platform, Fox Weather. Wrap your head around that one. Brian Wieser, a prominent media analyst, said it best the other day: “How do you address the fact that weather changes are caused to some degree by humans when you have a media property with […]
It’s hot. Let’s make Elon pay to drive people to their vaccinations and back.
You know where there’s air conditioning? Vaccination locations. Unfortunately, going to get vaxxed can be a big hurdle for a lot of folks, especially in a part of the world characterized not only by extreme heat, but skimpy public transit. Instead of offering people an infinitesimal chance of striking it rich for getting the vaccine, […]